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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 19, 2010 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what DON'T you like about em'?

I definitely enjoy a great deal of '83 shows... especially ones with Help > Slip > Frank. Actually, 83 was the year that really got me into the 80's sound because of this song revival. I then quietly slipped into 84 with a great deal of enjoyment (Marin shows in late March, early April, Hampton 4/14, Cal Expo, Indianapolis, Worcester and Augusta shows).

But as much as I enjoyed those years, my recent listening to 81 and 82 have been more rewarding with Jerry vocals being far better. More importantly, 80-82 seems to have a lot more of his fluent twangy country blues playing that he developed to some kind of peak in 70-72 before jazzing it up in the latter years. 83, to my ears, has Jerry resorting to a more noodley, shredding style without that focused melodic approach of earlier years.

Of course, like you said, there are plenty of diamonds and rubies in the rough and I love all the eras. When the boys are on, they are ON.